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tv   CBS Evening News With Norah O Donnell  CBS  March 10, 2020 6:30pm-7:00pm PDT

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captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: breaking news tonight: america shutting down. as coronavirus spreads, the dramatic new measures nationwide. a containment zone is ordered in a new york city suburb, the national guard called in. across the country, schools shuttered, festivals and concerts canceled as the death toll rises. plus thousands on the cruise ship lining up one by one to be checked. testing shortage? the government says millions of tests are now available. so why have so few americans gotten them? and are there enough labs to process the kits? we're on capitol hill to ask the president. why has the u.s. been so slow with testing? the most vulnerable patients: in washington state, 10 nursing homes in one county all dealing
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with the outbreak. more than 20 people have died there as the virus spreads. tonight, the new guidance from the c.d.c. to protect you and your family. country in crisis: in italy, the deadliest day from coronavirus there yet, hospitals strained to the breaking point, cases now topping 10,000. the extreme new penalty for those refusing to stay locked down. battleground fight: as voters in six states go to the polls joe biden takes on bernie sanders in michigan and goes head to head with a construction worker. >> ( bleep ) >> o'donnell: and doggone it-- a beloved college mascot shows us how to go out like a champion. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening to our viewers in the west. we're going to begin tonight with breaking news. what new york's governor is calling a matter of life and death. he's the first governor to order a containment zone here in the u.s. and to call on the national
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guard to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. tonight, the death toll here tops 30. confirmed cases now top 900. hundreds of schools and colleges are closing nationwide. the list of businesses telling employees to work from home is growing. and large gatherings, including some sporting events and concerts are now being called off, and the big question which we put to the president: why haven't more people been tested? our team is covering every angle. meg oliver leads us off from new rochelle, new york. and meg, you are just outside that containment zone which is now home to one of the largest virus clusters in the u.s. >> reporter: norah, here in new rochelle they're setting up a one-mile containment area around that synagogue considered to be the epicenter of the coronavirus cases here. this is not a quarantine but a ban on large gatherings inside the zone. >> this is literally a matter of
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life and death. >> reporter: new york's governor announced unprecedented action, calling in the national guard to try to prevent the spread of coronavirus with a containment area in new rochelle, population near 80,000, considered the epicenter in this state. tonight, they're among more than a dozen states under a state of emergency. more than 100 schools or districts in the u.s. are now closed. >> it's devastating not knowing what you are going to do last minute in regards to baby sitting and day cares. >> reporter: they are part of more than 360 million students worldwide who are not in school due to the virus. >> it has impacted us, but, obviously, we want to make sure everybody is safe, so we're just complying, like everybody else. >> reporter: today, harvard university joined a growing list of colleges from coast to coast canceling classes and telling students to go home. the united states is starting to shut down as millions of americans are working from home.
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companies like amazon are advising employees to do so for the rest of the month. the coronavirus is hitting airlines especially hard. american, delta, united, and jetblue are reducing flights. southwest is expected to lose up to $300 million in revenue. >> misses on the floater. >> reporter: with the c.d.c. warning against large gatherings, the sports world responded, limiting locker room access to players and staff. the ivy league canceled its men's and women's basketball tournaments, and pressure is mounting for the n.c.a.a. to take some sort of action before march madness. musicians aren't taking any chances either. bands like kiss and pearl jam have canceled events, and the music festival coachella has been postponed. within days, the national guard will arrive here in new rochelle to help distribute food within that area of the one-mile radius. norah.
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>> o'donnell: all right, meg, thank you. 25 of the 30 u.s. deaths are in washington state, most in a nursing home in kirkland, and today, washington's governor announced tough new measures to stop the spread at long-term care facilities. here's jonathan vigliotti. >> reporter: 21 residents at the kirkland facility now have tested positive for the virus, and families are on edge, forced to communicate through windows. sisters carmen gray and bridget parkhill: >> it should have been a priority to get everybody tested so they could get all of the negative people out of here before they turned positive. >> unfortunately, they waited too long. >> reporter: there are 64 employees now showing symptoms, so far. with the virus now in 10 nursing homes in king county alone, governor jay inslee is sounding the alarm, imposing some of the strictest requirements in the country for older adults at all long-term facilities in the state, including limiting visitors to one per day, requiring visitors to wear special protective gear, and
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screening employees for symptoms before each shift. >> there are 1,000 people infected today. in seven or eight weeks, there could be 64,000 people infected in the state of washington if we don't somehow slow down this epidemic. >> reporter: adults 60 and over are at higher risk for the virus, especially those who have chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease. the c.d.c. is now advising them to stock up on groceries and medicines, stay home as much as possible, and keep space between themselves and others. and in a sign of chaos unfolding behind the scenes, life care says they believe several of their residents may have died overnight in the hospital, but, they say, they have not been able to get a hold of state health officials to confirm. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, jonathan, thank you for the update. tonight, passengers are coming off that cruise ship that finally docked in california after being stuck at sea. 21 on board tested positive for
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the virus. getting everyone off is a slow process. and as carter evans reports tonight, passengers are getting frustrated. >> reporter: tonight, confusion aboard the "grand princess" as a second day of passengers began to disembark. here's an announcement from the captain: >> reporter: i detected a little bit of frustration there. >> it sounded like he's not getting the answers that he needs. he's got all these people on board that he's dealing with. just help him out. give him what he needs. >> reporter: more than 400 passengers left the ship on monday, a group of california residents were taken to nearby military bases for quarantine, and hundreds of canadians boarded a charter flight home. some 2,000 passengers still waiting on board were given color-coded tags. >> we do have some buses ready
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for aqua. >> reporter: maureen james is supposed to leave today, but she's concerned. >> our biggest trepidation is we still have to be tested and we still have to know if we have the virus. >> reporter: to speed up the process here, the government now plans to test passengers for covid-19 after they're in quarantine. also, on the fast track right now, a lawsuit against princess cruises, claiming the ship continued to sail knowing the virus was on board. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, carter, thank you. tonight, the u.s. is lacking a crucial weapon to slow the outbreak-- that's adequate testing. just over 5,000 patients have been tested in this country. now, at this point in south korea's outbreak, more than 100,000 had been tested. we asked president trump today about the government's sluggish response. why has the u.s. been so slow with testing? others countries have tested tens of thousands. >> no, i think the u.s. has done a very good job on testing. we had to change things that
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were done that were nobody's fault. perhaps they wanted to do something a different way, but it was a much slower process from a previous administration. and we did change them. we made the changes. but the testing has gone very well. when people need a test, they can get a test. when the professionals need a test, when they need tests for people, they can get the test. >> o'donnell: the president says they can get a test, but a spokesperson at medstar washington hospital center right here told us as of today, their hospital had not received any test kits, and that hospital is not alone. we turn now to dr. jon lapook on why these tests are so important. >> reporter: today, health and human services secretary alex azar said as of this week, america has ramped up its production of coronavirus tests. >> 1.1 million tests have been shipped out to public health laboratories and private labs and hospitals. at this time, another one million tests are available to fill orders or are being shipped.
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>> reporter: but according to a database looking at state results, just over 5,000 people have been tested in the united states since january 20, when the first positive case was detected. in comparison, south korea is now doing more than 10,000 tests per day. tonight, the administration still has not explained why it refused to use a test created by the world health organization weeks ago. by the end of february, 60 countries had reportedly gotten test kits from the w.h.o., but the centers for disease control reportedly decided to create its own version as the virus was spreading. >> no one is answering that right now. and i am really frustrated with that. i'm frustrated that it happened. >> reporter: and wit where the positive cases are, public health officials are hampered in their efforts to track and contain the virus. >> we are only going to get on top of this outbreak if we know who is affected and able to quarantine people rapidly. >> reporter: some state health departments say they're worried. >> we've only received two test kits to date. >> reporter: on capitol hill
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today, c.d.c. director dr. robert redfield was asked about the nation's capacity for testing. >> we under-invested in the labs. >> there are not enough people? >> there is not enough equipment, there are not enough people. there's not enough internal >> o'donnell: and dr. jon lapook joins us now. so if nearly 60 other countries used the w.h.o. test, why didn't the u.s.? >> reporter: well, norah, this afternoon, a senior h.h.s. official told cbs news that it considers that w.h.o. test to be research only, not diagnostic, which i interpret to mean they don't trust it. meanwhile, we know that testing is the key to containment, especially early in the outbreak when you want to try to identify people, isolate them and figure out who their contacts are. we're happy to have it now, especially as a clinician. i want to know who has it and who doesn't have it. but at this point, maybe it will help us with containment because it will help us to say what is the community spread and public health officials can figure out measures to try to at least slow the spread. >> o'donnell: such an important point. dr. lapook, thank you.
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more now, on the president's trip to capitol hill. he spoke with republicans about ways to ease the economic fallout from the outbreak. options include tax relief and help for hourly workers, and weijia jiang reports he's shrugging off questions about his health. >> reporter: president trump insists he does not need to be tested for coronavirus... >> i feel extremely good. >> reporter: even though he's had close contact with members of congress who were exposed to the disease, like congressman matt gaetz who rode with him on air force one yesterday, before he tested negative. >> i spoke to the white house doctor. he said he sees no reason to do it. there are no symptoms, no anything. >> reporter: the president also claimed the country's economic pain due to the virus was overblown. >> it will go away. just stay calm. it will go away. >> reporter: and though the markets finished up almost 5% following yesterday's nosedive, the administration is pushing several measures to bolster the
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economy, including paid sick leave, loans to small businesses and a payroll tax cut. but both republicans and democrats said that was unlikely to pass. >> you know what doesn't help stop the spread of the coronavirus? more corporate tax cuts. >> reporter: the virus' impact on the travel industry is also a major concern. airlines are slashing flights and freezing hiring, while cruise ship companies are being forced to scale back. >> you really have to keep the economy from being locked down when it comes to travel. all those jobs associated with the travel industry, i think, are most at risk. >> reporter: today, president trump hosted the c.e.o.s of several major health insurance companies announcing that they have agreed to waive the co-pays when people get tested for coronavirus, covering about 240 million americans. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, weijia, thank you. now, italy's outbreak, the worst outside china, hit a grim milestone today, topping more than 10,000 cases.
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more than 630 people have died, the vast majority elderly patients. and italy now is essentially on lockdown. seth doane tonight with a new warning from the prime minister. >> reporter: in an unprecedented step to slow the spread of the s,taly told tire country to stay at home. the government guidelines, which extend into early april, ban public gatherings, close schools and universities nationwide, and shutter shops and restaurants by 6:00 p.m. working from home is encouraged, and violators risk three months in jail or a $225 fine. on a beautiful day like today, generally, there would be 80% or 90% more people. but this is not some sort of military lockdown as you might imagine. people are allowed out of the house if they have good reason. for those who ventured out, social distancing was enforced. there were temperature checks at ports and borders, all to try to save a health system already under pressure.
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>> it's like a bomb, but it's like a bomb that explodes every day. >> reporter: dr. giacomo grasselli works in the hard-hit northern region of lombardi. he says they're seeing a tsunami of patients. >> we're worried that at a certain point we will not be able to treat every patient because at a certain point, the resources will not be enough for the patients. so i really want to tell everyone-- italians, not only-- that the only way to not to get to that point is to stop the spread of the disease. >> reporter: and tonight, italy's prime minister is not excluding measures, norah, that would be even more restrictive. >> o'donnell: all right, seth, thank you. and there is still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." voters in six states head to the polls as the coronavirus forces changes on the campaign trail. later, hey, bulldog. a university says farewell to its biggest sports star.
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>> o'donnell: it's a big night in campaign 2020. joe biden has won michigan, missouri, and mississippi. that's three wins so far for the former vice president. and in a first, both the biden and sanders campaigns called off planned rallies over coronavirus fears. we've got more now from ed o'keefe. >> reporter: as polling stations in michigan stocked up on disinfecting wipes and purell, the sanders campaign announced it was canceling a rally scheduled for tonight in ohio. the governor has declared a state of emergency and urged groups not to hold large indoor events. >> whenever we do rallies we consult with public health officials because the last thing in the world we would ever want to do is put anybody in danger. >> reporter: a short time later, the biden campaign canceled a cleveland rally of its own. touring an auto plant in detroit earlier in the day biden got testy when a man asked why he
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wanted to take away guns. >> reporter: biden already has wins in missouri and mississippi due the overwhelming supported from african american voters. in michigan the win is due to sustaining support from the detroit area and the western part of the state where sanders had won in 2016. norah? >> o'donnell: thank you, ed. up next, a college sports star and his best friend are about to take their final bows.
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>> o'donnell: march madness is huge at butler university, but the most popular figure on campus can't shoot and won't jump, though he has been known to dribble. dean reynolds introduces us. >> reporter: here he comes, butler blue iii, otherwise known as trip. for seven years, trip has wobbled and slobbered his way into the hearts of butler university players and fans.
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>> trippy, trippy. high-five. good boy! >> reporter: a much-loved mascot with an irresistible mug. what's it been like for you? >> incredible. >> reporter: michael kaltenmark has handled butler bulldog mascots for 16 years. >> they know when it's show time and they love it, they thrive on it. >> reporter: trip was introduced in 2012. he's eight now and kaltenmark felt the time to retire had come. was this a mutual decision with you and trip? >> i'm not sure how aware he is of his impending retirement. >> reporter: haven't recently undergone a life-saving kidney transplant, kaltenmark will still work for butler, but his dog days are done, too. is the dog therapeutic for you? >> 100%. >> reporter: last week was their final home game, an emotional last tour for the two best friends. next season, trip's great-grand-
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nephew, known as blue, will take over. tough to follow in trip's big paw prints, but blue seems well on his way. dean reynolds, cbs news, indianapolis. >> o'donnell: well, they did a doggone good job. we'll be right back.
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>> o'donnell: on tomorrow's "cbs evening news," more on the coronavirus outbreak. are america's hospitals ready for an influx of patients. and if you can't watch live, don't forget to set your dvr. that is the cbs evening news. i'm norah o'donnell. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org we made usaa insurance for members like kate.
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